The Fire Sector Summit 2019

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Join us at the most prestigious fire safety event for decision makers, to challenge current policy and influence change.

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The Fire Protection Association’s annual Fire Sector Summit aims to provide the very latest sector thinking and developments to protect people and buildings.

This year's programme will see experts from leading cladding association - MCRMA, government figures and an Immunogeneticist who will discuss contemporary issues shaping our future. Also hear from Jim Fitzpatrick former Fire Minister and current MP of Poplar and Limehouse reflecting on 40 years in the fire industry. This year Jonathan O’Neill, OBE will feature as event chair. Jonathan is renowned to be one of the most influential figures within the sector, never shying away from hard truths.

The morning format will consist of speaker sessions where you will have the opportunity to pose questions to our experts and stimulate debate as part of our panel discussions. Our three unique afternoon workshops offer you the choice to attend either construction, safety codes or thought leadership, to tailor the event to suit you.

As with previous years, discussions held at the Summit will form part of Jonathan’s report, produced for the Fire Minister and will help form the Building Regulations review.

"The Summit will remain a catalyst for change within the fire sector. Our delegates add just as much to the event as our experts, by challenging views and concepts which are pivotal to the future of fire safety” Jonathan O'Neill OBE

6 CPD hours awarded by the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM)

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Tickets are priced at £325.00 inc VAT.

Gold and Corporate members receive one free place per company. Individual and SME members receive a 10% discount on bookings.

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

We look forward to welcoming you.


Morning Sessions

Event Chair

Jonathan O'Neill OBE, Managing Director, The Fire Protection Association

The state of fire - an NFCC view

Roy Wilsher, Chair, The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC)

Fighting fires in timber frame buildings Case study on Beechmere retirement complex – how 132 flats were destroyed to complete demolition

Mark Cashin, Chief Fire Officer, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services

The cladding industry post Hackitt, the competence piece and toxicity in Building Regulations

Dr. Jonathan Evans, Chairman and CEO, Ash and Lacy

Assessing the toxic risks from warehouse fires

Graham Atkinson, Principal Scientist - Major Hazards Group, HSE Science Division

The health effects of toxins

Vitalina Chamberlain-Evans, Molecular Biologist, University of Cambridge

Panel session


Managing the Construction process to produce a more resilient environment

David Poxon, Principal Consultant, The Fire Protection Association

Mark Redding, Property Risk Engineering Manager, MS Amlin

Is there still an appetite for thought leadership in this sector? How should this be taken forward?

John Bonney, former Fire Chief, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services

Chris Hasbrook, Vice President and General Manager, UL

Peter Holland CBE, Chief Inspector Crown Premises Fire Safety, The Home Office

Luke Edwards, Director of Fire and Resilience, The Home Office

Are life safety codes enough when protecting, critical national assets, our heritage and our schools?

Stewart Kidd, Managing Director, Loss Prevention Consultancy

Dr Jim Glockling, Technical Director, The Fire Protection Association

Afternoon Sessions

Reflection of 40 years in the fire industry

Jim Fitzpatrick, Former Fire Minister and current MP of Poplar and Limehouse

Summary of the afternoon workshops

Workshop leaders

Fire Brigade Union views on combustibility and toxicity

Andy Dark, Assistant General Secretary, Fire Brigade Union

Closing summary

John Smeaton, Chairman, The Fire Protection Association

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1 Great George Street



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